We are in the midst of a nationwide addiction crisis. Overdose deaths now kill more Americans than car accidents, and the fatality rates continue to rise. The toll on Ohio has been particularly devastating, with heroin and opioid overdoses claiming more than 40 Ohioans every week. Addiction does not discriminate between rich or poor, young or old, Republican or Democrat. The heroin and prescription opioid epidemic is a threat to our families and our communities, and we must all work together if we are to solve it.
Tim has led the fight to raise awareness and find community-led solutions to this crisis. He serves as the co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus and a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. Through these bipartisan partnerships, Tim has introduced, cosponsored, and passed bipartisan legislation to combat the crisis.
Taking Action on Addiction
- In 2016, the President signed Tim’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act into law. This bipartisan law increases education and prevention efforts, empowers law enforcement to prevent overdose deaths, and helps Americans struggling with addiction get the treatment they need to get their lives back on track.
- The President also signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill Tim cosponsored, which provides $1 billion in emergency funding to combat the opioid epidemic.
- Tim joined Rep. Marcia Fudge in introducing the Breaking Addiction Act, which paves the way for community mental health treatment centers to lead the fight against heroin and prescription opioid abuse.
- Tim also cosponsored the bipartisan Protecting Our Infants Act, which became law in 2016. This law takes important steps to help hospitals treat babies born with exposure to opioids.